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We were a party of four. For two of us this was our eighth cruise and our first with Princess. Embarkation was great, very quick and efficient and suitcases came to the cabin in quick time. The sail away "party" was a non-event. All previous cruises have had a live band playing and everyone jumping and excited as we sailed out of the harbour. Not so with this one. As we left the beautiful Vancouver harbour we only had a rerun of a Michael Buble concert on a big screen at the mid ships pool. What a let down and opportunity lost. The biggest surprise of all though was the lack of health risk management. All other cruise ships we have been on have had hand sanitizing stations all through the ship and when entering dining areas these were manned and hygiene enforced. Staff all over ships would force the sanitizing on you as a constant reminder. Not so with Coral Princess. Outside the buffet was a set of wash basins and some sanitizing stations. However they were manned and enforced on the first day only. After that it was a free-for-all. The dining room had hand sanitizers but not enforced. Why is it important? Because some people are filthy pigs and need to be treated like children. One night in the washroom I was washing my hands and a man came out of a cubicle, didn't wash his hands and I followed him out to see him ignore the sanitizers and walk straight into the buffet. How does that make you feel? The food in the dining room was not anywhere nearing fine dining with a misleading menu. For example the "Pear and Blue Cheese and Walnut Crumble" was something our group laughed at. It came out as two halves of cold tinned pears with one half a tablespoon of scattered blue cheese and four walnuts on the side. I would be embarrasses to serve that to a guest at my home. One night I ordered Beef Wellington. The meat was nicely medium as I ordered but it was encased in a soggy mess of pastry that was mostly white glug. Yuk! Another night my wife ordered a semifredo which is supposed to be something like a mix of gelato and frozen mousse. This semifredo was room temperature mousse on cake. The slow cooked ribs weren't meat on bone as she expected, just a pile of small beef portions in a sauce. Nice enough but misrepresented. One night our two travelling companions were served the wrong meals. When they called the waiter and told him that they hadn't ordered these there was no apology and a response of "but its all right isn't it"? Cabins were quite roomy and kept very clean by our attendant. There are lots of great public seating areas across the ship. Plenty of room at bars etc and a general feeling of space which was appreciated. Another big disappointment was the lack of entertainment in the main theatre at night. This is usually one of the highlights of any cruise but not on the Coral Princess. We had seven nights aboard and this is how it went. Night 1 Like all cruise no theatre on sail-away night. But this one had no sail-away band playing either. All we had was a replay of a Michael Buble concert on the screen at the pool. Poor show. Nigh 2 Very poor American comedian who elicited very few laughs. Night 3 Opera which catered to a minority who did appreciate the talented performers Night 4 A Juggler Night 5 The bad comedian AGAIN Night 6 The Juggler AGAIN Night 7 Staff Review CANCELLED Due to a staff members illness WHAT? Whoever thought that was an interesting lineup needs a reality check. The trip through Glacier Bay was fantastic, A wonder of the world. The White Pass train from Skagway is highly recommended. Juneau is the pits, just a bunch of jewelery shops. Don't bother getting off the ship. Walk around the deck with a beer instead.

Disappointing and a Hygiene Risk

Coral Princess Cruise Review by PaddyandHorrie

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We were a party of four. For two of us this was our eighth cruise and our first with Princess.

Embarkation was great, very quick and efficient and suitcases came to the cabin in quick time.

The sail away "party" was a non-event. All previous cruises have had a live band playing and everyone jumping and excited as we sailed out of the harbour. Not so with this one. As we left the beautiful Vancouver harbour we only had a rerun of a Michael Buble concert on a big screen at the mid ships pool. What a let down and opportunity lost.

The biggest surprise of all though was the lack of health risk management. All other cruise ships we have been on have had hand sanitizing stations all through the ship and when entering dining areas these were manned and hygiene enforced. Staff all over ships would force the sanitizing on you as a constant reminder.

Not so with Coral Princess. Outside the buffet was a set of wash basins and some sanitizing stations. However they were manned and enforced on the first day only. After that it was a free-for-all. The dining room had hand sanitizers but not enforced. Why is it important? Because some people are filthy pigs and need to be treated like children. One night in the washroom I was washing my hands and a man came out of a cubicle, didn't wash his hands and I followed him out to see him ignore the sanitizers and walk straight into the buffet. How does that make you feel?

The food in the dining room was not anywhere nearing fine dining with a misleading menu. For example the "Pear and Blue Cheese and Walnut Crumble" was something our group laughed at. It came out as two halves of cold tinned pears with one half a tablespoon of scattered blue cheese and four walnuts on the side. I would be embarrasses to serve that to a guest at my home. One night I ordered Beef Wellington. The meat was nicely medium as I ordered but it was encased in a soggy mess of pastry that was mostly white glug. Yuk! Another night my wife ordered a semifredo which is supposed to be something like a mix of gelato and frozen mousse. This semifredo was room temperature mousse on cake. The slow cooked ribs weren't meat on bone as she expected, just a pile of small beef portions in a sauce. Nice enough but misrepresented.

One night our two travelling companions were served the wrong meals. When they called the waiter and told him that they hadn't ordered these there was no apology and a response of "but its all right isn't it"?

Cabins were quite roomy and kept very clean by our attendant. There are lots of great public seating areas across the ship. Plenty of room at bars etc and a general feeling of space which was appreciated.

Another big disappointment was the lack of entertainment in the main theatre at night. This is usually one of the highlights of any cruise but not on the Coral Princess.

We had seven nights aboard and this is how it went.

Night 1 Like all cruise no theatre on sail-away night. But this one had no sail-away band playing either. All we had was a replay of a Michael Buble concert on the screen at the pool. Poor show.

Nigh 2 Very poor American comedian who elicited very few laughs.

Night 3 Opera which catered to a minority who did appreciate the talented performers

Night 4 A Juggler

Night 5 The bad comedian AGAIN

Night 6 The Juggler AGAIN

Night 7 Staff Review CANCELLED Due to a staff members illness WHAT?

Whoever thought that was an interesting lineup needs a reality check.

The trip through Glacier Bay was fantastic, A wonder of the world. The White Pass train from Skagway is highly recommended. Juneau is the pits, just a bunch of jewelery shops. Don't bother getting off the ship. Walk around the deck with a beer instead.
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Spacious enough for us two. Shower smaller than what we have experienced on other ships. Bed was 10 out of 10 for comfort. Adequate storage and plenty of coat hangers and hanging space. Great balcony.
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